Goodwill of OC Awarded More Than $320k in Grants From Walmart Foundation

Goodwill of OC Awarded More Than $320k in Grants From Walmart Foundation 
Grants Will Advance Efforts to Serve Local Veterans and Their
Families Currently Lacking Long-Term Financial Stability 
SANTA ANA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/11/13 --  Goodwill of Orange
County, a social enterprise organization in the business of helping
people facing barriers to secure jobs that provide purpose, announced
today that it selected as one of nine sub-grantees to receive a
$312,000 donation -- part of a $5 million dollar Walmart Foundation
grant to Goodwill Industries International (GII). Goodwill of Orange
County was also awarded a $10,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation
through its program with the Institute for Veterans and Militaries
Families (IVMF). Both grants will help support unemployed and
underemployed veterans and their family members through job training
and placement services. 
"These donations allow us to continue building upon our efforts to
expand employment opportunities for veterans and educate employers
about why hiring a veteran is a smart business decision," said Frank
Talarico, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. "With
the support of these recent grants, Goodwill programs -- including
Operation: GoodJobs 2.0 and Enduring Independence -- will enhance the
lives of thousands of Orange County veterans and their families
experiencing financial or employment instability." 
The $5-million dollar Walmart Foundation grant was offered to help
expand the organization's Operation: GoodJobs 2.0 program, which will
leverage Goodwill's understanding of this population to provide them
with support that leads to economic self-sufficiency.  
Equipping military veterans and their families with the tools they
need to earn employment and ensure long-term financial wellness for
their households, Goodwill Industries International's Operation:
GoodJobs 2.0 connects veterans and family members with opportunities
to earn certifications, market-value credentials and degrees that
will help them with their careers. The initiative also provides soft
skills training, including resume writing skills, career testing and
translating military skills to civilian language. Operation: GoodJobs
2.0 supports each veteran's continued success by designing an
individualized, holistic plan t
hat outlines how they will retain
their jobs, advance in their careers and ensure long-term financial
stability for themselves and their household.  
Operation: GoodJobs 2.0 implementation will take place during a
31-month period from December 10, 2013 through July 31, 2016, serving
more than 4,000 veterans and their families.  
The $10,000 Walmart Foundation Vocational Acceleration for Veterans
grant was awarded to Goodwill of Orange County through IVMF to seed,
cultivate, and provide technical assistance to a network of workforce
development-focused programs that will leverage skills, training,
credentialing, and other efforts to advance the employment situation
of veterans and transitioning service members.  
Launching on January 1, 2014, Goodwill of Orange County's Enduring
Independence program is an initiative that will assist unemployed and
underemployed veterans and their spouses, and spouses of active-duty
military personnel, by helping them secure regular employment and
increasing their earnings through general placement services,
sector-based training and business engagement strategies. Goodwill
will actively enroll and place veterans in competitive jobs, also
appealing to employers by highlighting the advantages of hiring
veterans.  
To learn more about the services offered by Goodwill of Orange County
to our nation's veterans, visit www.ocgoodwill.org.  
About Goodwill of Orange County: Now in its 89th year, Goodwill of
Orange County is in the business of helping people who are facing
barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner.
Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity
to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most
famous for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in
America's favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that
provides the services to those who face employment challenges.
Goodwill is our country's leader in creating and providing quality
training and employment services to empower individuals to be
productive and independent. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange
County's Most Trusted Brands. www.ocgoodwill.org.  
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